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Pedagogy Workshops and Events

In our effort to help keep faculty at the forefront of the ever evolving understanding of how students learn and what types of best practices good teachers should engage in, the CTE offers workshops and events that give faculty the building blocks they need in order to engage their students and design good courses that foster student learning.


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August 2020

In a world where updates to apps, software, and hardware are changing constantly, how do we decide when we actually need a new piece of technology? Are we incorporating technology just for the sake of using it, or is it being used to assist and meet our needs? This workshop will discuss some methods and steps that can be used to select what technology best fit your needs. Participants should come to the webinar with some samples of recent technology they have heard about.   Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will also include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.   Register

September 2020

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will also include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.   Register

Participants will learn how the University defines as hazing (STAF 3.05), how to recognize the signs of hazing, how to report hazing at UofSC, and the critical role faculty/staff/TAs play in keeping our campus a safe environment.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993).

As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments  Register

Are you ready to explore what PowerPoint can do beyond the basic slides and templates? This workshop will show participants how to include audio and video, customize templates, use animation, and create videos. Workshop participants should have PowerPoint installed on their device before the session to gain first-hand experience during the workshop. Participants will occasionally be asked to share their screen during this workshop.   Register

The teaching philosophy statement provides a concise description of a faculty member’s teaching approach, methods, and experience. Departments require a teaching philosophy statement as part of the tenure and promotion process.

What is your teaching philosophy? How do you articulate it, and what should you include? In this workshop designed specifically for faculty, we will discuss the statement’s purpose and strategies for composing the statement, incorporating time for individual brainstorming, group discussion and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement and guidelines to continue crafting it. Come to this workshop to revise, revamp, and renew your current teaching philosophy statement.  Register

Have you ever wished for a smooth experience or guidance in the curriculum approval process? In this webinar, faculty will learn about the relationship between curriculum governance, curriculum management, and curriculum implementation. Through knowledge of this relationship and the goals associated with each component, faculty can create and modify curriculum with an understanding of how the curricular information they provide will be used to display and communicate degree requirements. This webinar will explore the link between quality curriculum, quality learning, and quality teaching.   Register

Active learning is a student-centered approach to teaching in which pre-planned activities are used to engage the student as an active participant in their own learning. Techniques such as “one-minute paper”, concept mapping, “gallery walk”, and numerous others have been shown to improve student learning and retention of the material in addition to enhancing the presentation format of a course. However, active learning strategies can be difficult for instructors to implement because they require specific planning, skill in guiding the learning activity, and knowledge of best ways to incorporate such activities to be a worthwhile assessment.

In this workshop, participants will examine the three key student learning benchmarks integrated into active learning techniques, explore the planning system necessary to incorporate such activities into the class, including how to best design the activity to allow for assessment of learning. To illustrate the methodology, attendees will actively participate in several active learning techniques applicable to a wide range of classroom settings. Join us to learn helpful tips on what you can do, how to do it, and why active learning in the classroom is important to student learning.   Register

The Resiliency in the Classroom training is a 50-minute training that focuses on three major components of resilience—self-compassion, dealing with failure, and coping skills, and how to incorporate these components into the classroom. Resilience is associated with academic success and psychological well-being. This session will help instructors identify how they can strengthen students’ resilience and help them adapt to change and hardships by integrating these core competencies into their curriculum.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.   Register

As the university shifts to remote teaching, it is important to create and maintain an online environment of integrity. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This webinar will explore trends in the online classroom, and tools and best practices to promote academic integrity in the creation and implementation of final assessments.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

October 2020

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this workshop, participants will learn about the design, development, and delivery of online courses. As we walk through the 3Ds: Design, Development, and Delivery, participants will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course. Participants will also learn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC.   Register

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the eleventh annual Oktoberbest: A Celebration of Teaching on Friday, October 9, 2020. Join colleagues from across UofSC campuses for this free one-day virtual symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching.

The Oktoberbest schedule has a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from active learning and online course development to critical thinking and integrative learning. Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at UofSC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

Join us for a three-part series of webinars in which you will learn the three Ds of online course instruction: Design, Develop, and Deliver. Whether you're a veteran or new to online teaching, you'll be glad you took an hour to learn the key elements of developing a successful DL course at UofSC.

In the first interactive session, we'll cover how to Design your online course for maximum student learning. With an emphasis on planning your course, this webinar will help you draft an effective syllabus and create measurable learning objectives using Bloom's Taxonomy action verbs. We will also be discussing the key principles for good instruction that lay the foundation for making your online course active, cooperative and relevant.  Register

This webinar covers how to Develop course materials for virtual environments. You'll learn the “nuts and bolts” of developing a high-quality virtual course, including how to choose print and video materials, using rubrics to simplify grading, how to best present course information and materials in a learning management system, and techniques for making your virtual course usable for all students.   Register

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

The Resiliency in the Classroom training is a 50-minute training that focuses on three major components of resilience—self-compassion, dealing with failure, and coping skills, and how to incorporate these components into the classroom. Resilience is associated with academic success and psychological well-being. This session will help instructors identify how they can strengthen students’ resilience and help them adapt to change and hardships by integrating these core competencies into their curriculum.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.   Register

This webinar covers how to Deliver your virtual course for maximum impact. Join us to learn how to build rapport with students, foster a community of learners, provide meaningful feedback and prompt students toward thoughtful reflection on their learning experiences.  Register

November 2020

It’s time to start thinking about your spring course! Have you already started planning your syllabus and have ideas but don't know where to start? Or are you feeling mired down in syllabus details, feeling like you're missing a prime opportunity to rethink and revise important components? You're not alone - and we're here to help! Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started or get past your 'stuck points'.

Part 1, 'Review, Revise, Realign” (the Learning Outcomes, Assessments, and Activities) will take you from an initial reviewing of your current course learning outcomes into a discussion of how to ensure they align appropriately with assessments for in-person or online courses. What assessments will work better in different types of learning modalities and environments, and what should you reconsider? How will this work with certain class sizes or scenarios? This will be followed by reviewing, revising, and/or redeveloping the associated student activities, both for within and outside-of-class settings.

Both parts of this series will be highly interactive, with other faculty colleague participants playing an important part in contributing ideas and recommendations and producing a positive webinar outcome for every participant. Bounce ideas off each other, hear what others are doing, while following along with the webinar facilitator's steps for development and recommendations. Participants are expected to bring their fall course's learning outcomes, assessments, and/or a past/current syllabus to work from directly.   Register

Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption. Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada’s research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.    Register

It’s time to start thinking about your spring course! Have you already started planning your syllabus and have ideas but don't know where to start? Or are you feeling mired down in syllabus details, feeling like you're missing a prime opportunity to rethink and revise important components? You're not alone - and we're here to help! Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started or get past your 'stuck points'.

Part 2, 'Planning, Policies, Particulars” (of the Schedule, Policies, and Other Important Aspects) involves the bigger picture planning stage - how can those assessments and activities fit together, or be organized into a cohesive series of modules as part of a larger whole? What works best with respect to in-person, synchronous, or asynchronous learning? What aspects of activities and assessments need to be considered (e.g. grading, time management), and what else should be included or revised?

Both parts of this series will be highly interactive, with other faculty colleague participants playing an important part in contributing ideas and recommendations and producing a positive webinar outcome for every participant. Bounce ideas off each other, hear what others are doing, while following along with the webinar facilitator's steps for development and recommendations. Participants are expected to bring their fall course's learning outcomes, assessments, and/or a past/current syllabus to work from directly.  Register

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this workshop, participants will learn about the design, development, and delivery of online courses. As we walk through the 3Ds: Design, Development, and Delivery, participants will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course. Participants will also learn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments Register


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